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How to cover furniture with wallpaper

Adding a little wallpaper to the surfaces can give new life to an old set of drawers, a bedside table, a desk or almost any other furniture you want to rejuvenate or update to match your decor. This custom update does not take much material or time to do. Depending on the size of the furniture you want to cover with wallpaper and how many surfaces you actually want to cover, you can probably get the job done on a rainy Saturday afternoon and have your furniture ready to use for Sunday morning!



  1. Wipe the furniture with a damp sponge. Get a clean sponge wet and wring off excess water. Use it to clean the furniture you want to cover with wallpaper, pay special attention to the surfaces you plan to actually attach wallpaper to. Wait until the furniture dries.[1]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 1.jpg
    • Any dirt or grit on the surfaces of your furniture interferes with the adhesion of the wallpaper and can destroy an even surface, so that is why it is important to clean the furniture first.
    • There is no limit to the types of furniture you can update with wallpaper. Try wallpapering bookshelves, bedside tables, chests of drawers, cabinets, coffee tables and everything else you think needs a new look!
    • Note that you can wallpaper furniture made of virtually any material. But if you want to attach wallpaper to glass, you must use peel-and-stick wallpaper because traditional wallpaper and glue will not adhere well to glass. Wood is the best surface to use regular wallpaper and glue on.
  2. Remove any drawers and doors from the part. Pull out drawers that you want to cover in wallpaper or that can get in the way of you covering other surfaces. Unscrew all the doors and remove them from the hinges if you want to cover them or if they are also in the way.[2]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 2.jpg
    • For example, you can remove all the drawers from your old, dirty dresser and cover the front of each drawer with a fun, colorful, patterned wallpaper. You can also cover the agency with the same wallpaper to make it match.
  3. Remove any hardware that is in the way where you want to add wallpaper. Unscrew and remove the handles from all drawers and doors that you plan to cover in wallpaper. Unscrew and remove other hardware, such as hinges, if it is in the way of surfaces you cover with wallpaper.[3]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 3.jpg
    • For example, if you cover the door to a kitchen table with wallpaper, remove the handle from the door. If you also cover the outside or inside of the cabinet, remove the hinges from the sideboard so that they do not get in the way.


  1. Place the wallpaper over a surface and fold it over the edges of the surface. Place a piece of wallpaper on top of the surface you want to attach it to. Fold over the edges and use your fingers to fold the wallpaper properly where you fold it to make your cut lines.[4]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 4.jpg
    • If you also want to cover the edges of a surface, just fold the wallpaper over and under the edge and make 2 fold lines. The second fold is your cut line.
    • You can use either peel-and-stick wallpaper or plain wallpaper to cover your furniture.
  2. Cut the wallpaper where you folded it with a craft knife and a piece of cardboard. Place the wallpaper print side down on a cardboard box. Cut very carefully straight along the folds that you made with a sharp knife.[5]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 5.jpg
    • You can also use a tool knife or drawer cutter instead of a craft knife.
    • You can use a screen mat instead of cardboard if you have one.
  3. Peel off the back or apply Mod Podge on the back of the wallpaper. Only pull the back of the adhesive side of the wallpaper if you are using peel-and-stick wallpaper. Use a sponge brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the wallpaper if you are using regular wallpaper.[6]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 6.jpg
    • If you use Mod Podge to attach regular wallpaper to your furniture, you can also apply a thin layer of glue to the surface you cover instead of on the back of the wallpaper.
  4. Align the wallpaper over the surface and press it onto the surface. Carefully place the wallpaper where you want to attach it. Press it down firmly against the surface when you are sure it is aligned correctly and smooth it out with your hands.[7]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 7.jpg
    • If you wrap wallpaper around the edges of a surface, the corners can be difficult. Use your craft knife to carefully make a horizontal cut in the wallpaper, parallel to the surface edge, in each corner. Fold the tab you create nicely over the edge in the corner.
    • If you cover several surfaces next to each other, for example several boxes in a row, use smaller consecutive pieces of wallpaper from the larger roll so that the wallpaper pattern extends from one box to the next.
  5. Run a brayer along the paper from one end to the other to even out bubbles. A brayer is a small hand roll made of rubber or other similar material commonly used to apply ink when printing. Start at one end of the surface you just covered in wallpaper and roll a brayer firmly along the wallpaper all the way to the other end to smooth the wallpaper. Go back to the side you started from and repeat the process, working your way down to the surface and from side to side until you get rid of all the bubbles.[8]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 8.jpg
    • If you do not have a brayer, you can use something with a hard flat edge, such as a plastic ruler or a plastic putty knife, to smooth the wallpaper.


  1. Allow the wallpaper to dry overnight before mounting if you used glue. Leave the furniture apart if you covered it in plain wallpaper with Mod Podge to paste it. This gives the glue a lot of time to cure.[9]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 9.jpg
    • If you try to put your furniture together immediately, you can accidentally remove some of the wallpaper, so it is best to let the glue cure all the way.
    • This is not necessary if you used peel-and-stick wallpaper.
  2. Replace any hardware that you removed. Screw the handles back in drawers and doors. Replace any hinges and other hardware that you removed.[10]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 10.jpg
    • You can just use all the old hardware or you can replace the hardware with different variants that come with the new wallpaper you applied to your furniture if you want.
  3. Screw the doors back on the furniture and replace all the drawers. Replace any hinged doors. Slide any boxes back into the slots to which they belong.[11]
    Upholstered furniture with wallpaper Step 11.jpg
    • Keep in mind that wallpaper can be damaged by heat and liquids, so be careful if you use the surface you covered in wallpaper to put things that mug on. You can use coasters or even get a piece of glass or plexiglass to put on top of the wallpaper and protect it.



  • If you do not want to worry about matching wallpaper patterns between subsequent boxes and the like, choose a wallpaper that has an allover print that does not require close matching to look good.


  • Be careful when using a sharp knife to cut wallpaper. Keep your fingers and hands away from the cutting line and do not cut on surfaces that you do not want to damage.

[[[[Edit]Things you need

  • Furniture
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Screwdriver
  • Craft knife
  • Cardboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Brayer



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